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The Social Significance of Euphemisms

By Sally Raskoff Why do we use words like “troops” and “escorts” to sanitize our discussions of difficult, disturbing, or controversial topics, like war and sex? There has been much talk of bringing the “troops” home and of “troop” casualties....
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Europe Goes to War: September 1, 1939

Politics / US Politics : Huffington Post: Politics Blog (7 hours ago)

This has been a year of big anniversaries - the 200th anniversary of the burning of the White House and Capitol in Washington by British troops; the 100th anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the 50th anniversary of the Civi... Read Post

The Social Construction of Race, Ethnicity, Sex, and Gender

Academics / Sociology : Everyday Sociology (5 years ago)

By Sally Raskoff Is it easier to conceive of race/ethnicity or sex/gender as socially constructed categories? A recent assessment of students’ learning on our campus suggest that it’s easier to consider race and ethnicity as sociall... Read Post

Challenges in Naming Gender Identities: Cis and Trans

Academics / Sociology : Everyday Sociology (8 months ago)

By Sally Raskoff Issues of sex and gender are popular and common topics in sociology; we discuss the complexities of defining sex as physical (male, female) and gender as social (women, men). We assume that males take on the gender.... Read Post

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